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A Native Place
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The Talaabwogh Falawel is the utt—a Carolinian canoe shed and men's house—that traditionally stands by the sea in this village. Though the utt is at this time pulled down for reconstruction, our Guides discuss the importance of the utt to the village, and Noel shows us an utt at the CNMI Museum.

Not far from the utt sits an old Chamorro-style brick oven or hotnu. This design, originally drawn from the Spanish, represents a site of distinct Chamorro influence within the village. Ben recounts how the hotnu was used during special events in his childhood.

Tanapag traditionally had one of only two churches on the island of Saipan, and it used to be the main church. Despite changes over the past few decades, the church in Tanapag still serves important roles for the community.

Reflecting the Catholic influence in the village, the cemetery is nonetheless the site of a distinct practice of watching for signs of the departure of the deceased. Traditional protocols regarding the cemetery are also discussed.

Managaha Island
Managaha is significant to Carolinians for two reasons. It is the burial place of Aghurubw, a navigator who brought Carolinians to Saipan in the early 1800s. For Tanapag people, however, Managaha is the site for a funerary ritual called fiighiiló.


Basic terminology concerning the home, structures, family and kinship, and domestic geography.


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